Consumer Information

Major Disney+ Update

Disney+ has decided to release the vast majority of their catalogue on their new $6.99 streaming service, as stated in the 3 hours plus preview video above.

This catalogue includes over 500 movies and over 7500 television programs from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilms, 20th Century Fox, National Geographic and other companies Disney distributes, which will be made available progessively from November 12th, 2019.

I seriously doubt they will include the cheesy Star Wars Holiday Special and more contentious material without parental guidance warnings, but I’m guessing that they will probably fulfill my wish to access their classic cartoons online.

I am a fan of their classics cartoons, primarily Donald Duck, and have collected the four Walt Disney Treasures – Chronological Donald collections on DVD a decade back. But I had also wanted all of the classic cartoons featuring Goofy and remaining Chip ‘n’ Dale shorts. And apparently, these will eventually be made available via the new service.

I was also waiting for Blu-ray versions of The Cat From Outer Space and The Apple Dumpling Gang films, that I was expecting to be released via their movie club. But I guess I will try this new service out instead.

I will probably continue to buy my very favourite films on Blu-Ray for a while but I guess I’ll be watching the lack luster, passible releases on Disney+ instead.

I’m pretty sure their movie club will continue because the Disney+ service requires high-speed internet connections, which are still unavailable to some. And I’m guessing they will offer more exclusive memorabilia soon so I think i’ll remain a memeber for quite some time.

Good news overall.


New Savings Program

Indigo Music & Books is now offering a program like that of Amazon Prime and Newegg Premier iconfor $39 per year to Canadians.

A “Plum Plus” membership includes “an extra 10% on almost everything”, access to exclusive discounts and promotional events, free shipping on most items (excludes heavy and bulky items) and 5 bonus “Plum points” on every dollar (with exemptions on eBooks, electronics and related accessories, American Girl┬« services, LEGO┬« Mindstorms, plum PLUS memberships, gift cards, Love of Reading products/donations, shipping costs, the plum points redemption portion of a transaction, taxes, and “any other items specified as exclusions from time to time”).

This would be a great option if you buy vinyl records or music biographies frequently from them. But unfortunately, online activation is not available yet so most will need to upgrade their membership in-store. 

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Record Shows This Weekend

There are two major record conventions this Sunday, in Toronto and Vancouver.

The Toronto/Mississauga Musical Collectables Record Show & Sale will be held at the Capital Banquet Centre at 6435 Dixie Road in Mississauga and the Vancouver Record and CD Convention will be hosted at the Croatian Cultural Centre at 3250 Commercial Drive in Vancouver.

The Lighter Side

Record Shows This Weekend

Are you going to be in North Bay, Sudbury or Hamilton, Ontario this weekend? Then you might like to pop in the local record shows that are happening in these cities.

The North Bay Record Show will be occurring on Saturday, the 21st of September 2019 at the The Grande Event Centre at 192 Main Street East from 10am to 3 pm. Admission with be $3.

The Sudbury Music & Collectibles Show will be hosted at the Caruso Club at
385 Haig Street the following day, from 10am to 4pm. Admission will be $4, unless you want to go in early at 9am for $10.

The Hamilton Record & Music Collectible Show will also occur on Sunday, the 22nd, this show happening at the Hamilton Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre at 150 King St E, from 10:30am to 4 pm. General admission will be $4, whilst early admission for 9 am will be $20.

The Lighter Side

Android Box Lawsuit

Canadian electronics and computer retail chains Best Buy Canada, Canada Computers, London Drugs and Staples Canada are being sued by Edmonton, Alberta based Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc, the people behind Super Channel, alleging these companies sold android boxes that could be used to view their content and violate copyright laws with a software program Kodi.

Kodi is an open source home entertainment software package that enables users to play media on their computers and android devices, that can also be used to download and stream content off the internet.

Allarco Entertainment 2008 Ltd is alleging that these four companies promoted the use of this software on android devices they’ve sold to 50,000 customers in Canada, listed as John Doe on the Statement of Claim filed with the Federal Court of Canada on September 11th, 2019. And the lawsuit is also partially in response to the CRTC’s October 2018 denial of Fairplay Canada’s application to block websites that were identified as providing pirated content.

Unfortunately, the Statement of Claim in Court Number T-1486-19 does not specify if sales of the more mainstream media streaming devices (like Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku) are allegedly implicated, these devices also being compatible with the aforementioned software. But it should be noted that today’s press release on this action appears to only mention “Pirate Devices with Kodi software” and that only some of the 150 employee sales pitches that were filmed by the plaintiffs over 19 months appear to include referrals to services that could assist customers with the installation of the software.

The companies in question have denied the allegations and I suspect they are now promoting sales of the more mainstream devices with Apple TV+, a television and video streaming service that will be officially released on November 1st, 2019, with a monthly subscription fee of $5.99 (or free for a year for Canadians who buy the latest model of the Apple TV media box, iPad or iPhone).

This Weekend’s Events & Offers

If you’re in Toronto this weekend, you should probably consider dropping by at the Toronto East Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show, which will be held this Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm at the Heron Park Community Centre (at 292 Manse Rd) in Scarborough, Ontario.

This is one of Canada’s largest record and music memorabilia conventions and admission is only $5. But if you’re planning on simply relaxing and buying online, you should probably look at what Indigo Books and Music has to offer this weekend, especially if you’re an RBC credit cardholder.

In addition to the free shipping offer on orders over $25, they will offer ten times the Plum Rewards Points on orders over $30 this weekend. And some RBC credit card orders will get a $10 credit back on their card on purchases over $50, provided they load up this offer and use it by September 30, 2019.

Hopefully this information will help you find something you’ve been looking for this weekend.

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